This new comprehensive curriculum is just over 770 pages that covers 80 folktales from 75+ countries around the world. This curriculum is perfect for children and students in grades Kindergarten through 5th. I created this curriculum to be modular, meaning none of the 80 chapters require you to do them in order. Also, this curriculum is not all arts and crafts either, as there are other components that stress language arts and creative writing as well. Younger children and students can focus on certain parts that are at their level, while older children and students can independently work on the units, lessons, projects, and studies. Each folktale also has some sort of activity that is themed to the folktale in a manner that is fun and reinforces what they just learned. I created this curriculum so that it can be taught to different grade and skill levels at the same time while not requiring each child or student to complete all the components if it doesn’t match their learning or your teaching style.
So, why do folktales require a curriculum and not just a unit study, lapbook, or activity pack you might be asking? The answer is not a clear one because it could have been done in any format, but I wanted to dive into the educational value of folktales. During my research I found a wonderful resource in Around the World in 80 Tales by Saviour Pirotta (make sure to check out his other books as well as he is truly a gifted writer), illustrated by Richard Johnson (an AMAZING artist with great talent). This awesome book outlines 80 folktales from around the world. These are most of the folktales that we all grew up with, but presented in their original formats from their countries. They are presented in a format that almost any reader can handle and is accompanied by stunning illustrations as well.
Just like all my other curriculum’s, this curriculum has unique and fun features as well. I took the time and created an Instructors Handbook for this curriculum as a separate document. I also created some guides for children and students: the Junior Explorers. Since this is a journey into the fantastic world of folktales and folktales usually involve animals personified, why not personify some characters to lead your journey? Leading this journey will be the Explorers Beck and Elizabeth (named after my children) and their faithful companions (aka our actual dogs): Trusty Gus, Captain Jack, and Cowgirl Jessie who are all working for the expedition sponsor, the powerful Princess Daisy. Each character was developed to bring a fun component to the folktale lessons and act as guides along your Journey into the World of Folktales. There is even a fun craft project to create a Princess Daisy Express Delivery van to send progress reports back to the castle as soon as possible while you journey from country to country on your Journey into the World of Folktales.
What Is Included?
Since you have seen a quick snapshot into the lessons and met the characters briefly, here is a comprehensive list of what you will find in my Journey into the World of Folktales curriculum:
Part 1 – Instructor Handbook
•Table of Contents
•How to Use This Curriculum
•Around the World We’ll Go (Original Song Lyrics)
•Compare and Contrasting of Folktales
•Journey into the World of Folktales Passports and Stamps
•Princess Daisy Postcard Reports
•Junior Explorer Introduction
Part 2 – Curriculum
•Table of Contents
•Biography of the Author
•Test Your Knowledge About Folktales
•What is a Folktale
•Real life versus Fantasy World Venn Diagram
•80 Complete and Unique Folktale Lessons
•Supply Lists provided every 5 Folktales
As you can see, this curriculum contains a lot of materials in its 770+ pages about what a folktale is, as well as lessons about the folktale’s country of origin and is filled with fun activities to entice your children and students as well .No two units will be alike, so each time the folktale will be brought to life, learned, discussed, and put into action through an activity that is hands-on and directly related to one of the six key elements of a folktale in a hands-on way designed to reinforce what they are learning in as fun as way as possible.